There are lots of reasons for our horses to be asymmetrical. Asymmetries can be related to conformation, movement patterns, and even poor quality riding. Over time, these imbalances can leadContinue reading “Help Your Horse Find Balance”
Do you shorten one side of your torso while riding? If so, you could be struggling with flexibility issues. The good news is that with some hard work and a little patience, you don’t have to deal with flexibility issues. Sports physical therapy can help.
Are you tired of riding while in pain? Are you and your horse struggling to reach your fitness goals? Ditch the generic exercise routine– build a custom fitness program with the help of a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
In order to be a good partner for your equine, a certain level of fitness is required. You need to be able to maintain balance and move fluidly with yourContinue reading “The Importance of Rider Fitness”
As equestrians, our toughness and dedication to our sport can be our downfall. Studies show that 60 percent of riders don’t seek medical attention after an injury and only 10 percent seek physiotherapy intervention. Treat yourself like the athlete you are.
There are times when you’re riding your horse and everything just seems to click. You and your partner are moving in perfect synchrony, dancing through a dressage test or goingContinue reading “Off Balance? Find Stability with Physical Therapy”
When selecting a veterinarian for your horse, you research online, look at reviews, their experience, where they went to school and listen to what other equestrians have to say aboutContinue reading “How to Choose the Right Physical Therapist for You”
My love of horses started as a kid growing up in Virginia riding for fun and then competitively in the hunter jumper world. Injury after injury my coach got meContinue reading “My Story”
Are you struggling to bend your horse in the corners or during shoulder-in and haunches-in? Do you find it difficult to create a balanced trot down the centerline? After tryingContinue reading “Is Your Horse Telling You “You’re Unbalanced”?”
Did you know rider asymmetries are common? Even highly skilled riders have asymmetries! A functional movement assessment of the rider on and off the horse allows for a better understandingContinue reading “Interested in Hosting a Rider Physical Therapy Assessment Clinic at your farm?”
Emily Shields received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2005. She had been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level 1 Trauma center, in Washington,Continue reading “Dr. Shields, Physical Therapist for the Horse and Rider”
Equestrians treat their horse as “the athlete,” however consider themselves last on the list. Why don’t we take our health seriously? Every competitive athletic sport has a stretching program toContinue reading “An Insider’s Guide to Equestrian Pre- and Post-Ride Workouts”
Did you know rider asymmetries are common? Even highly skilled riders may have asymmetries! An Equestrian Sport Physical Therapist can evaluate the rider on and off the horse, as wellContinue reading “Rider Physical Therapy Biomechanics Assessment”
The Equestrian Sport is a sophisticated relationship between a horse and rider which demands physical and mental stamina, agility, and soundness in order to move in synchronous strength. All disciplinesContinue reading “What happens when practice does not make perfect performance?”